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Pro-Walker signature verification effort needs your help this weekend

Pro-Walker signature verification effort needs your help this weekend

As I reported the other day, petition signature checkers supporting Gov. Scott Walker are on track to identify between 100,000-200,000 invalid signatures on recall petitions.

That number does not even include duplicate signatures, and we know that duplicates are a big problem.

Supporters of Gov. Walker, however, need more time to go through the approximately 1 million signatures, and quite unbelievably, a judge in Wisconsin just denied a request for two extra weeks, even though that still would have kept the recall process within the statutory time period:

A judge has denied Gov. Scott Walker’s request for a two-week extension to review recall petition signatures, saying the election is likely to proceed.

Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess’ ruling was a victory for recall organizers who had said there was no good reason for another extension and that Walker’s request was an attempt to delay the inevitable.

Walker’s campaign argued it had only reviewed 330,000 of the roughly 1 million signatures and couldn’t get through all of them by the Feb. 27 deadline.

As reported at Big Government, the pro-Walker petition checkers are seeking more volunteers starting immediately, and with the tight timetable, they need all the help they can get:

The effort to independently analyze hundreds of thousands of signatures on petitions seeking the recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is reaching a critical stage, one organizer said Friday.

More than 13,000 volunteers have signed up with the Verify the Recall project to help with enter the recall petitions into a search able database.

“The response from Wisconsin and across the nation has been phenomenal,” said Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote. “One strong push this weekend could help us finish the data entry aspect of the project and allow us to begin our thorough analysis.”

Engelbrecht says it’s not too late to sign up to help. In fact, this weekend is a crucial moment in the project.

“If enough people sign up and give us two hours of their time this weekend, it will make a world of difference,” Engelbrecht said. “This is the home stretch.”

Volunteers can sign up here.

Even if the effort to stop the recall fails, it is important to knock down the number of validated signatures as much as possible and to show that the recall effort submitted hundreds of thousands of fictitious, duplicate or otherwise invalid signatures, puncturing the anti-Walker narrative.

If you can help, now would be a good time.


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Can this ruling be appealed to the Wisconsin State Supreme Court?

    William A. Jacobson in reply to JohnnyT1948. | February 17, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I don’t know the process, but it is quite unbelievable how Judge Sumi was able to delay the collective bargaining law from being implemented for months, yet this judge will not give the pro-Walker folks two extra weeks.

      Democrats want to count and count and count, judges give them as much time as they need – look at Minnesota and Washington. Republicans want extra time and Democrat judges slam the door on them. I guess it matters whose Gore is getting Oxed.

Doing the data entry right now. Come on and help!!!!

Can’t get to the final website to logon.

Instalanche via the Professor, or dirty tricks?

“delay the inevitable”, at least the judge knows the eventual outcome. It is so nice to have a impartial justice on the case.

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I can help this weekend but how are they going to keep the opposition from getting involved and screwing with things? Someone could screw with the data entry fairly easily, I would think…

huskers-for-palin | February 18, 2012 at 2:15 am

The following people have asked the judge to take their names off the recall list. They were never consulted, asked, or even signed the petition.

Darth Vader
Papa Smurf
Donald Duck
Luke Skywalker
Mack the Knife
D.B. Cooper
Lone Wolf and Cub
Maxwell Smart
The Vichy Parliament of France
The denizens of Forest Hill Cemetery (Madison, WI).
SGT York
Bozo the Clown
The dead corpse on CSI Miami (Season two, episode 10)

The crew of the USS Enterprise (A, B, C and D plus their mirror-mirror counterparts)

The Starting roster of the 1975 Philadelphia Flyers (aka: “Broad Street Bullies”).

Just volunteered even though I can’t begin till tomorrow night, but I’ll dig in for several hours then. Thanks for the tip, professor. Helping is better than bitching, any day.

thank you for the tip and the link Professor. I just signed up and I passed the link along to several others plus C4P. I can begin as soon as they contact me.I am happy to help.

I’ve been working on petitions for a couple of hours now. I stopped for a while to start some housecleaning (warming up the bulldozer) but I just had to remark on one petition I entered. I am far from being a handwriting expert, but each entry on the petition was obviously written by the same hand. They didn’t even bother to try to change it up..
I am not sure if that is ignorance or stupidity.
Probably both.

    herm2416 in reply to ohiochili. | February 18, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I registered last night so I could help. I haven’t heard from them yet. Hopefully, they are being overwhelmed with offers and that is why no response. How long was it before they responded to you?

    Hope Change in reply to ohiochili. | February 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    ohiochili, ha! “warming up the bulldozer.” ha!

ShakesheadOften | February 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

I think the most disheartening thing about going through this petition is going through the names and addresses of such misguided people (I’m talking about the few that are presumably real).

Using recall as a method of disrupting a legally elected official whose policies you simply disagree with seems massively undemocratic (little d). Recall should be for unethical or illegal behavior, not for disagreements. I hope after this absurdity passes that the people of Wisconsin come to their senses and amend their recall rules to require at least suspicion of unethical or illegal activity.

Of course, pretty sure the dems would then assert that taking away union benefits is “unethical.” Never mind, then.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to ShakesheadOften. | February 18, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Is there a way to recall the undemocratic citizens who are trying to get a count….count….count…..keep counting do-over who just don’t like the results that elected Walker in the first place? I’d like to unseat them and send them packing to a country that would be a better fit for their ideology, such as Cuba or China.

Read a post , enter some names, rinse and repeat. Kinda boring though and I haven’t even gotton to see any neighbors names yet. 🙂

Hi all. I signed up last night. Got the email with the sign-up info, specific to my registration, so not share-able. So the system is working; at least so far, so good.

Cheers to all.